The 45-year old former government spokesman alongside others had declared their intentions to contest for the Federation of Uganda Football Association’s presidency a day after incumbent Lawrence Mulindwa had announced that he would not stand for a third four-year term come August 31.
They included FUFA Vice President in charge of administration Moses Magogo, Kiira Young Chairman Jimmy Lukwago, Standard High Zzana Headmaster Justus Mugisha, St. Juliana SS Head Teacher Jeff Sserunjogi, former FUFA treasurer Michael Okiror, former FUFA lawyer Muhammad Bazirengedde, Mukono delegate Joseph Mwanje, NBS TV, Top Radio and Makindye Division Councilor Allan Ssewanyana, senior sports journalist and former soccer player (Diary FC) and Basketballer (Makerere Heaters & Blue Jackets) Mark Ssali and Kampala Central Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko had picked forms on top of paying a non refundable Shs 2 million nomination but only Magogo has returned the nomination forms to Mengo as yet.
However Article 9 on eligibility for presidency states that, candidates should have served on either FIFA, CAF, CECAFA or FUFA for a total of at least seven years in the last ten years.
“I am aware there are hurdles. All I am saying is that lets open up. Let us change these rules so that the country can benefit. This can be done before the elections in August,” Kabushenga had appealed.
Yesterday, a meeting of FUFA vice presidents Livingstone Kyambadde (technical), Sam Mpiima (marketing), Patrick Ogwel (youth), Issa Magoola (competitions), Chris Kalibbala (women), Mujib Kasule (Super League) and Moses Magogo (administration) yesterday named Magogo as their new choice for presidency just in case Mulindwa maintains his stand.
But an impending government statement ruling on the legality of FUFA in a week’s time may override the August ending election. If sources are to be true, Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo could disband the Mengo based federation.
The Solicitor General is reported to have recommended the disbandment of the federation, who were found to have registered the national association as a limited company contrary to the 1964 Sports Act.
Watch this space.